Support Meaa's campaign to protect actors' jobs
The Abbott Government is proposing to scrap the visa rules which regulate the number of foreign performers and crew who can work temporarily in Australia. Scrapping the visa controls would mean productions will have unfettered ability to fill all lead and major supporting roles with overseas performers and import entire teams of production crew.
The government says it is “removing red tape”. Labor, the Greens and several crossbench Senators have publicly opposed the Government’s plans, saying local actors and crew would suffer. New Zealand actors will also suffer, as many are working trans-Tasman. If the Abbott government succeeds in opening up the Australian industry to a flood of overseas actors, Kiwi actors living and working in Australia will be affected as much as Australian actors. In New Zealand, we have already experienced how the John Key government's scrapping of visa rules has meant that producers no longer need to show that they have auditioned New Zealand actors for lead roles.
The changes are still being considered by the Government. Your industry needs your support to fight these changes. Current and future generations of performers and crew are depending on you.The campaign launches tonight all over Australia. Upload pics of you and your colleagues with the #saveourstories poster. Download it here. And don’t forget to use #saveourstories when you post!